"Work related Murder": A phrase I think we will become very familiar with in the coming weeks.
The tragedy that is unfolding in Soma, where at least 200 miners are dead and many more unaccounted for, is heartbreaking. I can't write anything upbeat about Turkey while so many families are suffering. Year after year, honest, hardworking men lose their lives earning the minimum wage, making vast profits for the fat cats, who have no respect for the safety of their work force. Not just in mining, I see this abuse every day in Bodrum. Construction workers on unsafe scaffolding, not a hard hat between them, as lumps of concrete crash down and not a minute spent on safety education. How many more have to be poisoned, crushed, gassed, electrocuted and burnt as they work before lessons are learnt. Flags may be flying at half mast all over Turkey but what use is that to the widows and fatherless children.